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WOWTALK XIV
What's Our Work Lecture Series

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Science & Engineering Hall, B1220

WOWTALK Speakers:

Nirbhay Kumar, Global Health

Did you know malaria causes 1 death per minute
(Eradication to Elimination to Eradication again)
(Really??)

Ling Hao, Chemistry
Discovering molecular signatures of human diseases via Mass Spectrometry

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The WOWTALK (What’s Our Work) Series brings together colleagues and students from disciplines associated with GW's Science and Engineering Hall—and related fields—to present new research and share ideas. These short talks (15 minutes each) are designed to introduce members of the GW community to current and exciting research projects undertaken in labs in the SEH, to initiate discussion, collaborate, share expertise, and to promote research performed in the SEH and at GW.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Friday, September 20
12:00 -1 :30pm
Lunch to follow
Science & Engineering Hall -- B1220

Panelists

  • Dr. Paul Hoyt-O'Connor, Director, Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
  • Recent Recipients of NSF GRFP
  • CCAS Faculty John Philbeck (Psychology), and Sandy Kawano (Biological Sciences)

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported natural science, social science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and Doctoral degrees.

Understand more about what GRFP can support and what resources are available to help with the application process. Recipients will share their experience and insights and faculty will provide techniques and strategies that could boost the  competitiveness of fellowship applications.

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Printable GRFP Flyer 11x17

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Science & Engineering Hall, B1220

WOWTALK Speakers:

Aylin Caliskan, Computer Science
Human-like Bias in Machine Intelligence

Stephen Hsu, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Surface Engineering: Multiscale Multifunctional Surfaces

Francys Subiaul, Anthropology (CASHP), Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

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The WOWTALK (What’s Our Work) Series brings together colleagues and students from disciplines associated with GW's Science and Engineering Hall—and related fields—to present new research and share ideas. These short talks (15 minutes each) are designed to introduce members of the GW community to current and exciting research projects undertaken in labs in the SEH, to initiate discussion, collaborate, share expertise, and to promote research performed in the SEH and at GW.

Printable Flyer (11x17 or 8.5x14)

Funding Opportunities

White Paper Solicitations

Deadlines: early July, noted in each solicitation below

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) is soliciting white papers in the areas of Computer-Aided Design and Test (CADT), Logic and Memory Devices (LMD), AI Hardware (AIHW), Packaging (PKG) and Packaging "CHIRP" (PKG CHIRP).  Each researcher may be involved in no more than two submissions per call. A selected white paper will result in an invitation to submit a full proposal for further consideration for a research contract.

The white paper solicitations, needs documents, and instructions for submissions can be found at:


Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative: Investigator Award

Deadline: July 26, 2019, 5:00pm PDT
Award: $1.9M over 5 years
The EPiQS experimental investigator awards support U.S. experts in experimental studies of quantum materials to pursue discovery of new emergent electronic and magnetic phenomena in materials, elucidate the origin of previously known emergent phenomena, develop new experimental techniques for probing quantum materials, or significantly improve the performance of the existing techniques.Tenured, tenure-track, and research faculty at U.S. academic institutions are eligible to apply.

Full Call for Proposal Details

Contact: Susan Boerstling, Executive Director, Foundation Relations, sboerstling@gwu.edu


Building Evidence on Access to Early Care
and Education Access for Low-Income Families

Deadline: July 25, 2019 (Brief Proposal)
Award: approx. 10 awards of $50,000 to $500,000
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support action-oriented research that advances health equity, builds the knowledge base, and informs policymaking to increase access to early care and education (ECE) for low-income families.
Contact: Sarah Katz, Associate Director, Foundation Relations, sarah_katz@gwu.edu

*This is a GW Priority Foundation. Please visit the Priority Foundations and Corporations page to view more information on the process for applying to GW priority corporations and foundations.


Healthy Eating Research

Deadline: July 31, 2019  (Concept Paper)
Award: Up to $320,000 over 2 yearsThe Health Eating Research program aims to provide advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with the evidence needed to address the key social determinants of health and inequalities that underlie poor dietary patterns and related health consequences.
Contact: Sarah Katz, Associate Director, Foundation Relations, sarah_katz@gwu.edu

 

*This is a GW Priority Foundation. Please visit the Priority Foundations and Corporations page to view more information on the process for applying to GW priority corporations and foundations.


Events

RCR Workshop: Conflicts of Interest in Research

Date/Time: Thurs, June 27, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Marvin Center, Room 311
Presenters:
Ray Lucas, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Health Affairs
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Paul Ndebele, Ph.D.
Senior Research Regulatory Specialist
Milken Institute of Public Health

 

RSVP to resinteg@gwu.edu

The Office of Research Integrity is hosting a Responsible Conduct of Research session on Conflicts of Interest (COI) in Research. We are excited to have our colleagues discuss COI in biomedical and social/behavioral research, current topics in university research COI, and recommendations to improve the review of COI matters at GW.

Anyone engaging in research or scholarly activity at GW including, under- and graduate students, administrative staff, researchers, postdocs and faculty, is encouraged to attend.


Updates from NSF

Beginning with the next iteration of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (anticipated effective date, January 2020), NSF will only accept PDFs for biographical sketches that are generated through use of an NSF-approved format. A draft version of the PAPPG was published in the Federal Register for public comment. The deadline for submission of comments is COB July 29, 2019.

NSF has designated the National Institutes of Health’s SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) as an NSF-approved format for submission of biographical sketch(es) and is encouraging its use to prepare a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF.

Multiple training resources are available on the SviENcv website.

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. Direct any IT system-related questions to the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or rgov@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

 

Dear Colleagues,

When I received a crystal apple at the GW Faculty Honors Ceremony in 2017, I realized I had been here for 25 years, and now even longer. This has been an incredible part of my career and life, especially the past five years when I had the opportunity to work with you in enhancing our research and in seeking opportunities in strategic initiatives. I am deeply grateful for the kind of advice, collegiality, help, and support from you all that has helped me to sail through this part of the journey of my life.

With mixed feelings of gratitude and sadness, I want to inform you of my plan to leave GW to pursue an opportunity at CUNY Queens College, where I will be Associate Provost for Research and International Programs. CCAS leadership has already identified an excellent replacement for me in the Dean's Office, and I will assist as needed throughout the transition.  I am sure this will lead to continued success in the research and academic enterprise at CCAS.

Let me share with you a little farewell message dedicated to you.  It is based on the Spanish song La Paloma and was shared with colleagues in the dean's office at a farewell event in honor of the four Associate/Vice Deans who are stepping down. You can laugh at me, but please don't cry.

 

La Paloma
– Dedicated to my Colleagues and Friends
YR, June 2019

Warm summer sun, shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind, blow softly here.
At Foggy Bottom we share our hearts,
as some of us will come to part.

Then you’ll find a dove, waiting at your window,
Singing a song through the window.
Let it come in and fly around you,
Its-heart-is mine as it-sings I love you 

Please don't cry when I step down today,
For Juliana 'n SRA team will make your day.
From Multi-School-Routing to O-VPR, from PI dashboard to CFR.
From Award set up to closing out, PI Effort Reports and we know how.
5 day rule 'n last min rescue u,
and a white dove with greetings from me to you

Please don't cry when I step down today,
You'll love your new ADR right away.
Faculty CAN / WoW- Taaalk, Res Update w Kristin's Support.
CCFF / Dean’s Research Chair, Res Blog will stay right here.
Strategic initiatives w ideas from you,
and a white-dove-with-greetings from me to you

Don't cry when-four-of-us-are stepping-down today,
Dean Wahlbeck will-lead-us-higher day after day.
From grad enrollment to diversity,
From 5 year plan to civility.
Baseball game and APR Review,
and a white dove with greetings from me to you.

Don't cry when-four-of-us-are stepping-down today,
We’ll have new Asso/Vice-Deans before it’s late.
From Freshmen Seminar to Ly-te-rati,
From GTA support to Roooound Robin.
Contract renew and sabbatical due,
and a white dove with greetings from me to you.

Don't cry when-four-of-us-are stepping-down today
Look at our very best who are here to stay.
Kim 'n Evie, Taoran 'n Cindy
Denise 'n  Cara, Max 'n Mafona
You'n you'n all of you
and a white dove with greetings from me to you
And a white dove with greetings from me to you!

Background of La Paloma: La Paloma was composed by a Spanish composer Sebastian Iradier after he visited Cuba in 1861, two years before he died in obscurity. He never knew how popular his song would become worldwide and in diverse cultures during the last 150 years. In Zanzibar "La Paloma" is played at the end of weddings, in Romania at the end of funerals, in Mexico as a protest song, and in Germany as a sailor’s lament, in some countries it is a quasi-folk song. In USA Elvis Plesley sang "La Paloma" (No More).

The motif of "La Paloma" (the dove) can be traced back to an episode that occurred in 492 BC, when a Persian fleet was caught in a storm off the shore of Mount Athos and wrecked. Greeks observed white doves escaping from the sinking Persian ships, a time when the white dove had not yet been seen in Europe. This inspired the notion that such birds bring home a final message of love from a sailor who is lost at sea.

This theme that a final link of love overcomes death and separation is reflected in "La Paloma". While the lyrics may not always be true to the original, the soul of the song seems to survive all attempts to recast it in whatever new form and shape there may be and is able to express the tension between separation with loneliness, even death, and love.

Department of Defense Research Offices Announce MURI Opportunity

Deadlines: White Paper - June 3, 2019;
Full Applications - September 13, 2019

Award: Typical annual funding per grant is in the $1.25M to $1.5M range.

About: The Fiscal Year 2020 MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. universities that is of potential interest to the Department of Defense (DoD). The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD.

Full Announcement: MURI-2020.pdf

Please contact Dean Yongwu Rong if you plan to apply.

 

WoWTALK XI

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Science & Engineering Hall, B1220

Speakers:

  • Hui Lu, Pharmacology and Physiology
    • Decode the Neural Circuit Associated with Motor Learning Deficit in Rett Syndrome
  • Arkady Yerukhimovich, Computer Science
    • Cryptographically Secure Computation:  Enabling Collaboration in an Adversarial World

The WOWTALK (What’s Our Work) Series brings together colleagues and students from disciplines associated with GW's Science and Engineering Hall—and related fields—to present new research and share ideas. These short talks (15-20 minutes each) are designed to introduce members of the GW community to current and exciting research projects undertaken in labs in the SEH, to initiate discussion, collaborate, share expertise, and to promote research performed in the SEH and at GW.

RSVP Here

Printable Flyer (11x17 or 8.5x14)


Grantsmanship Workshop II

Friday, March 29, 2019
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Duques Hall 652

A joint CCAS-GWSB (School of Business) event featuring a presentation by an National Science Foundation program officer on the new NSF's 10 Big Ideas 

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Upcoming Events

Funding Opportunities Presentation by NSF Program Officer

Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, 3:30 - 4:30pm, with discussion over refreshments to follow.

Location: Duques Hall, Room 152

Description: NSF DMS program director, Dr. Nandini Kannan, will give a presentation about funding opportunities related to statistics and data science.

Livestream: go.gwu.edu/statseminar

Contact: Dr. Emre Barut or Dr. Xiaoke Zhang with questions and to RSVP.

 

Research/Internship Recruitment Session for C&O Canal National Historic Park

Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Location: Phillips Hall 411 (Dean's Conference Room)

Description: This is a presentation aimed at GW students. Come join our team as we explore the past and piece together information on one of the nation's most intact 19th century transportation networks. The issues you will work are relevant to modern transportation, planning, and legal questions that we grapple with today. Students will gain skills in research methodology, data analysis, source verification, and public history. While much is known about the canal, there is yet so much to learn! Need a class paper, thesis, or dissertation topic? We challenge you to tackle one of our research topics, or come up with your own!

PowerPoint Presentation and Research Resources can be found in Google Drive

 

WoWTALK IX 

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Science & Engineering Hall, B1220

Speakers:

The WOWTALK (What’s Our Work) Series brings together colleagues and students from disciplines associated with GW's Science and Engineering Hall—and related fields—to present new research and share ideas. These short talks (15-20 minutes each) are designed to introduce members of the GW community to current and exciting research projects undertaken in labs in the SEH, to initiate discussion, collaborate, share expertise, and to promote research performed in the SEH and GW.

Please bring your colleagues and students to join us and network with each other. Refreshments will be served.

 


Funding Opportunities

Deadline Approaching: CDRF

The goal of the Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF) is to establish collaborative research partnerships within Centers and Institutes or between researchers from two or more diverse departments that encourage applications to external funding opportunities.

Deadlines:

  • Statements of intent (SOI) due via InfoReady: Friday, November 30, 2018 by 5:00 PM
  • Full proposals due via InfoReady: Thursday, January 31, 2019 by 5:00 PM

All required documents for the CDRF competition, including FAQs, can be found in the InfoReady portal.

Please email reshelp@gwu.edu with any questions and include "CDRF" in the e-mail's subject line.

 

Limited Submission Competition

Memo from OVPR regarding NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development

NSF MRI (NSF 18-513) Award: An MRI proposal may request up to $4,000,000 for either acquisition or development of a research instrument.

Deadline for internal competition at OVPR: Monday, December 10, 2018 @ 5:00PM
Deadline for full proposal at NSF: Monday, January 22, 2019 @ 5:00PM

This internal competition applies to all GW investigators submitting an NSF MRI proposal whether as prime, consortium, or subawardee. Details for the competition are on InfoReady.

For assistance using OVPR-InfoReady, contact reshelp@gwu.edu.

Upcoming Events

WoWTALK VIII – Nov. 6, 2018

Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 - 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Science & Engineering Hall, B1220

Speakers:

Opening remarks by CCAS Interim Dean Paul Wahlbeck

Video of presentations

(For Dr. Rodriguez's presentation, please contact him directly.)


Funding Opportunities

GWSPH Genomics Core Mini Grant Program- Cosponsored by Illumina

Deadline: December 3, 2018

Description: GW’s Genomics Core is offering a unique opportunity for innovative investigators to support pilot research projects using Next-Generation Sequencing technology on the Illumina NextSeq platform. We are pleased to announce a pilot award in collaboration with Illumina to provide sequencing for multiple applications. The support covers sample library preparation and sequencing on a NextSeq flow cell (up to 400 million reads) for 1 winner.

Objective: The goal of this program is to support GW researchers as they seek to generate pilot data to submit in support of future grant applications, and to promote the utilization of cutting-edge next-generation sequencing technology for genomic and translational research.

Example Runs on NextSeq 550 System*

• Whole Genome Sequencing        • Small RNA-Seq
• Whole Exome Sequencing           • Shotgun Metagenomics
• Methylation Sequencing               • Single Cell Sequencing
• RNA-Sequencing                             • Targeted Enrichment and Amplicon Panels
• ChIP-Seq

* Sample number will vary depending on desired coverage and number of reads

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must hold primary research positions and must be planning to submit a grant application to support a broader research aim for which they need pilot data.
  • Applicants may not hold current awards directly related to the proposed research.

Apply: Please submit abstracts of one page or less to Castle Raley at castleraley@email.gwu.edu by December 3rd, 2018 to be considered for this grant program. Applications will be reviewed within two weeks of the submission deadline.

Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps

Deadline: Monday, February 4, 2019

Description: In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas,” 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a visionary, national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery, allowing fundamentally new questions to be asked and answered in science and engineering frontiers, generating new knowledge and understanding, and accelerating discovery and innovation. The HDR Big Idea will establish theoretical, technical, and ethical data science frameworks, and apply them to practical problems in science and engineering, and in society more generally. The Data Science Corps is one of the components of the HDR ecosystem, focusing on building capacity for harnessing the data revolution at the local, state, national, and international levels to help unleash the power of data in the service of science and society.

As a first step in establishing the Data Science Corps, this solicitation focuses specifically on enabling participation by undergraduate students in the Data Science Corps, by supporting student stipends for participation in data science projects and supporting integration of real-world data science projects into classroom instruction.

If interested, please let us know at ccasres@gwu.edu.

More Info: Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps

UFF Submission Reminder

UFF Letter of Intent is due this Wednesday. Below are the relevant details from the UFF Website at OVPR.Deadlines for the upcoming competition have been scheduled:

Letter of intent (LOI) due: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by 5:00 PM ET (Submit LOI using InfoReady)

  • NOTE: Log In -> "Login for George Washington University Users" -> Login with GW @gwu.edu email and password

Full Proposal Due: Thursday, December 13, 2018 by 5:00 PM via InfoReady
Please email reshelp@gwu.edu with any questions and include "UFF" in the e-mail's subject line.


Updates

Updates from NIH 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a new Grant Policy Statement, effective October 2018. This applies to awards with budget periods beginning in FY 2019, including all future proposals as well new awards with start dates after 10/1/18). Details can be found at:

Significant Changes since October 2017: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/Significant_Changes_NIHGPS_Oct2018.pdf

Full NIH FY 2019 Grants Policy Statement: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/nihgps.pdf

For the National Science Foundation (NSF), the current NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) is expected to be updated in January 2019, and we will keep you posted on that.

- From the SRA Team